Beautiful Chitenges of Malawi

February 27 2015

The friendly faces, rich natural foods and fantastic weather are some of the things that make Malawi the warm heart of Africa. One of the great things about this hidden treasure is Lake Malawi. There is just something special about the serene clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and tasty chambo (local fish). 

Duro Olowu: Senegalese-inspired vintage collection

Duro Olowu: Senegalese-inspired vintage collection

February 13 2015

In a mesmerizing fashion film, Senegalese model Kinee Diouf shows off the SS2015 collection from Nigerian label Duro Olowu.

The Think collection by Vlisco

The Think collection by Vlisco

January 21 2015

Great news! Vlisco has launched a new collection called Think! Inspired by Bauhaus' architectural and minimalistic design philosophies, this collection contains a dazzling array of new fabrics and colours.

After a Year of Learning and Growing, Kuwala Turns One!

After a Year of Learning and Growing, Kuwala Turns One!

January 11 2015

Get the cake ready because this month marks 1 year since we launched Kuwala! From the customers and bloggers to our mentors and partners, we are grateful to everyone that has supported Kuwala in our first year of business!

ITC: Fashion Design from Africa 2015

ITC: Fashion Design from Africa 2015

December 28 2014

The ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative is scouting the African continent for creative fashion and accessories designers interested in building a global brand that values and is committed to high quality artisanship.

Dorovee: Eco-friendly fashion brand launches crowd-funding campaign

Dorovee: Eco-friendly fashion brand launches crowd-funding campaign

December 16 2014

Dorovee launches a crowd-funding campaign to help build a production centre to house her production team. 

Find Us at the Holiday Pop-Ups (2014)

Find Us at the Holiday Pop-Ups (2014)

December 10 2014

In order to serve you better, we're happy to announce that we've added 2 additional pop-up locations for this holiday season.

Black Market by Black Artists' Network in Dialogue

Black Market by Black Artists' Network in Dialogue

November 28 2014

Organized by the Black Artists' Network in Dialogue (BAND), the Black Market is a family friendly festival which brings together great food, shopping, performance and prizes.

Top 10 Designers at #GAFW2014

Top 10 Designers at #GAFW2014

November 21 2014

Earlier this month, fashion designers from all over Africa travelled to Ghana for the 2014 Glitz Africa Fashion Week. From Nigeria to Angola, over 40 designers took to the runway to showcase their dynamic creations to the world.

TADC: Private Holiday Sale

TADC: Private Holiday Sale

November 9 2014

Kuwala has teamed up with The African Designers Club (TADC) to hold our first Private Holiday Sale for admirers of African-inspired fashion, home decor and beauty products. 

The 80s and 90s are back!

The 80s and 90s are back!

November 2 2014

It looks like we've been reliving some of the most loved 80s and 90s fashion trends but with a modern twist, of course.

Fundraising for a Good Cause at Manyatta Cares (2014)

Fundraising for a Good Cause at Manyatta Cares (2014)

October 16 2014

This weekend, October 18th, Kuwala will be at the annual black tie fundraiser, Manyatta Cares. Organized by the Manyatta Network, this event is about building partnerships with community organizations that have a social impact.

Let's talk about Afrikadey!

Let's talk about Afrikadey!

August 12 2014

Afrikadey! – a word that comes from the broken English spoken in West Africa, which means “Africa is Alive, Africa is Well, Africa is There”. For a week each summer in Calgary, Afrikadey! Festival also celebrates the music, food, dance, theatre, film, literature and visual arts of Africa. This year, Kuwala attended the Afrikadey! Festival.

African Fashion Week Toronto 2014

African Fashion Week Toronto 2014

August 4 2014

When we launched Kuwala, our mission was to promote the African fashion industry internationally. Since then, Kuwala has become an official sponsor of African Fashion Week Toronto (AFWT), the biggest event dedicated to African fashion in Canada.

100 Days of African Fashion

100 Days of African Fashion

July 30 2014

We were exploring Instagram the other day and came across Diana Opoti’s profile. She’s a woman on a mission to wear nothing but African fashion brands for 100 days.

African Fabrics 101: Part 1

African Fabrics 101: Part 1

July 21 2014

With all this talk about African fashion and textiles, we thought to have a blog describing the history and characteristics of some well known African fabrics.

Street Style at AfroFest

Street Style at AfroFest

July 8 2014
We were at Afrofest this past weekend enjoying the sites and sounds of Africa. From the young to the young at heart, we spoke to the fashionable individuals that were wearing African clothing.
Les Sapeurs

Les Sapeurs

June 15 2014

Les Sapeurs are fashion conscious men that believe in the “uplifting, redeeming, beatifying effect of dressing well.” Learn more of their interesting history.

Pop-up Shop: #AfroChic2014

Pop-up Shop: #AfroChic2014

May 28 2014

We love pop-up shops because we get to meet you! Join Kuwala at the 5th and final AfroChic Cutural Arts Exhibit! Afrochic highlights the culturally rich energy of the distinct and colourful African-Canadian community of Toronto. This year the event will be hosted by the innovative Amanda Parris. You can also expect a great music mix by DJ Afroditee. Guests will be taken on a visual and musical journey inspired by the 80’s and 90’s.

An African Diaspora: Retaining and Redefining

An African Diaspora: Retaining and Redefining

May 12 2014

“A scattered population with a common origin in a smaller geographic area. It can also refer to the movement of the population from its original homeland.” (Merriam Webster dictionary)

Pop-up Shop: #MissAfropolitan2014

Pop-up Shop: #MissAfropolitan2014

April 28 2014

The Miss Afropolitan Beauty Pageant will be Kuwala's first pop-up shop since launching. Organized by the Afropolitan Week of Fashion and Arts, the pageant honours young talented ladies of African and Caribbean backgrounds in Canada.

 

 

Kuwala hearts Vlisco's Bloom Collection

Kuwala hearts Vlisco's Bloom Collection

April 20 2014

Recently, Vlisco unveiled their new ‘Bloom’ collection to the world. This collection is full of stunning pieces made of vibrant Vlisco fabric that screams SPRING IS HERE! 

Chimamanda: Intelligent & Stylish

Chimamanda: Intelligent & Stylish

March 28 2014

If you haven't heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, then you must be living under a rock. In a recent interview with ELLE, Chimamanda speaks on the growth of her personal style and asks "Why can't a smart woman love fashion?".

Elegance and Style at #GAFW2013

Elegance and Style at #GAFW2013

December 17 2013

Last month Kuwala was in Accra (Ghana) for the 2013 Glitz Africa Fashion Week. With over 40 designers from all over the African continent in attendance, it was the place to be to witness beautiful designs.